Robert J. Sawyer Wins 2017 Robert A. Heinlein Award

News from the Heinlein Prize:

Robert Sawyer

Photo by Bernard Clark

Robert J. Sawyer, science fiction author, is the 2017 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award is bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. This award is in recognition of Mr. Sawyer’s body of work, his most-recent book is Quantum Night, from Ace; his 23rd novel. Mr. Sawyer was an initial inducte into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

The award will be presented on the evening of Friday, May 26, 2017 at opening ceremonies during Balticon 51, the 51st Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention. Mr. Sawyer will attend by Skype as he had prior commitment at  ConQuesT a convention in Kansas City, Missouri.  Balticon and the Robert A. Heinlein Award are both managed and sponsored by The Baltimore Science Fiction Society. A grant from the Heinlein Society funds a half of the costs associated with the award.

The Robert A. Heinlein Award is a sterling silver medallion bearing the image of Robert A. Heinlein, as depicted by artist Arlin Robbins. The medallion is matched with a red-white-blue lanyard. In addition, the winner receives two lapel pins for use when a large medallion is impractical, and a plaque describing the award, suitable for home or office wall display.

The Robert A. Heinlein Award selection committee consists of science fiction writers and was founded by Dr. Yoji Kondo, a long-time friend of Robert and Virginia Heinlein. Members of the original committee were approved by Virginia Heinlein. The current Chairman of the Selection Committee is Michael F. Flynn.

Virginia Heinlein authorized multiple awards in memory of her husband, including the Heinlein Prize, which is fully funded by Virginia Heinlein’s estate, and a National Space Society award for volunteer projects.

More information on the Robert A. Heinlein Award, including past winners, can be found at

Robert J. Sawyer maintains an official webpage at

2 Responses

  1. Ken Smookler

    Congratulations although there is no doubt you deserve this award; your writing does reach the same level of vision as the man for whom the award is based. Sorry if that seems a little fulsome, but it’s true. You’ve known me for years and its only since I had my stroke that I’ve stopped going to Worldcons and seeing you there.

    I’ve just started rereading the W series and I can’t believe the research behind these books; as a lawyer (a profession that has its own demands on research ability) I appreciate the work that went into them.

    Well done; keep it up.


  2. Ken

    Congratulations Robert!

    Many years ago I wrote you to mention that your cancerous protagonist in Calculating God helped me quit smoking at the time. I am still quit and still a fan. Peace, Ken